We constructed a cw Ti:Al2O3 master oscillator–dye preamplifier–Ti:Al2O3 power amplifier system that generates <2-ns, 100-mJ pulses. The system is tunable from 750 to 890 nm and has a repetition rate of 30 Hz. The output pulse has a near Fourier-transform-limited bandwidth of ∼240 MHz. Backward stimulated Brillouin scattering is used to control the growth of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). The content of ASE in the final output is under our detection limit (<10-4) for the entire tuning range.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 4, 1997
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 1997
Published: January 20, 1998
Chi-Kung Ni and A. H. Kung, "Amplified spontaneous emission reduction by use of stimulated Brillouin scattering: 2-ns pulses from a Ti:Al2O3 amplifier chain," Appl. Opt. 37, 530-535 (1998)